Here are some new types of posts you may see around here.
1. New miscellaneous posts.
In the early days there was a regular Sunday post feature called, Sundry Drive. That turned into Gardyloo. The individual Gardyloo segments could get somewhat long. The new aggregate posts will contain three or four quickly digestible items. Either pictures, videos, or very short written segments.
I’m not quite sure what I’ll name this recurring segment, but I’m thinking of the name below because it’s stupid and sounds like the title of an old soap opera…
2. Reader Mail
I already have the Dear Jerxy posts where I address a larger subject inspired by someone’s email to me, but I have other emails that might be of interest that don’t really fit that format. I may start doing some mailbag posts consisting of briefer questions/comments from readers.
3. Consumer Advocacy
I’m hoping I don’t have to do this one, but I’ve got the platform for it, so if it’s needed I will. I’ve been getting more and more emails from people whose posts are being removed from the Magic Cafe for no reason at all.
I have zero issues with the Cafe removing posts for vulgarity or harassment or whatever. And I have no issue with them deleting references to this site. I heard there was a very nice thread about Magic For Young Lovers there which they let go for a few days. I think they were waiting on some negative reviews to hopefully pop up. When it turned into a love-fest for the book—because it’s fucking brilliant—they had to step in and remove it. That’s fine with me. They’re too stupid to know that attitude towards this site only helps me.
But when they delete helpful posts because they’re critical of people advertising on the site, that’s pretty sketchy.
So if you’re being censored for something perfectly reasonable on the Cafe, you can reach out to me and I’ll happily post whatever they’re deleting on this site instead. So, you have a choice if you’re selling a magic project. You can let valid criticism stay and be buried in a thread on the Cafe. Or you can raise a stink and get the post deleted and I’ll post it here instead. One thing to keep in mind… I’m more popular than any given thread on the Cafe. Many more people will read it, and I’ll do a better job calling you out for your shit than whoever posted on the Cafe in the first place.
I’m also happy to lend a hand for other legitimate non-Cafe magic gripes as well. I’m not going to step in for every minor dispute, but if I can help out with some issue you’re having by giving it a little publicity, I’d be okay with that.
In New York City the consumer advocate group on the local news was the Fox 5 Problem Solvers.
On this site we have…